March 3, 2016 7 Comments
Well, here it is – the Nemosine Singularity. That’s probably the very worst thing about this pen – the name. Nemo sine is “nobody without” in Latin. Nobody without what? Singularity is defined as “the condition of being singular” or “a point at which a function takes an infinite value – such as at the centre of a black hole”. Pretentious, much?
As you can see, this one’s a demonstrator. I bought it because it was the cheapest one I could get at the time. I actually hate demonstrators. They’re a silly modern thing that bears no resemblance to the demonstrators that a salesman would have carried at one time. Those were constructed to show the clever filling system that they contained. You don’t need a demonstrator to show how a converter works. You just unscrew the barrel and there’s the converter. Stupidest of all is the eyedropper-filler demonstrator. Yes, you put ink in the barrel, and there it is: ink. In the barrel. Quod erat demonstrandum, seeing we are on a Latin kick.
Now that I have finished showing how clever I am let’s get onto the pen. It’s a hair short of 14 cm and it’s pretty sturdily made. The plastic is crystal clear, which is a good thing, in the sense that if you have to have a demonstrator you might as well do it properly. The trim is bright, shiny chrome-plating. The cap ring has “Nemosine” etched around its circumference. Without even unscrewing the cap (it’s a demonstrator, remember) one can see that the section is black and nicely sculpted. The nib is bright steel and has a butterfly-like decoration. It’s probably a Bulow. Not much one can say about a converter except that this one is well made and takes in a good draught of ink.
The pen posts deeply and well which is important to me as I’m an inveterate poster of pens. Can’t use them any other way. The nib is a bit strange. It looks like a .8 mm stub but what I’m getting is a medium line with a very slight line variation. A little bit of re-shaping would make it more stub-like or I could even make it an italic, but I think I’ll leave it as it is. It’s very smooth and has great ink-flow. The only real fault I can identify with this pen is the spray of ink droplets inside the cap. I haven’t been walking around with this pen. It’s only been sitting on the desk. Of course, I’m only aware because it’s a demonstrator. Another reason for my loathing.
The pen cost me £17.74. It’s another example of those very cheap pens that make one wonder why one should pay large loads of loot for a pen that has a better name but performs not a whit better. It’s a very good pen indeed and I might even be able to overcome my aversion for demonstrators in this case, and in this case only.